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Norma Mccorvey

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Being abandoned as a child isn’t something anyone wants nor should any child have to go through. And although abandonment can be hard several children are abandoned everyday. Norma McCorvey was abandoned by her father and her parents had gotten divorced when Norma was only 13 years old. Norma McCorvey was raised in Houston, Texas as a Jehovah’s Witness. She and her older brother were raised by their mother Mildred, who had become an abusive alcoholic. Norma McCorvey had dropped out of high school when she was only 14 years old.Two years later, she had married Woody McCorvey, but left him after he had abused her. She had then moved back in with her mother and gave birth to her first child, Melissa in 1965. The next year Norma had became pregnant again for the second time and gave birth to a baby that was placed for adoption. Norma had gone back to live with her mother, but when Norma admitted to being a lesbian, her mother disowned her, and took custody of her daughter, Melissa.

The name Norma McCorvey isn’t a very familiar name to most, but yes Norma McCorvey is famous, but she isn’t the kind of famous you would hear about on the TV or in the news paper everyday, and not someone most would recognize.  Looking at her situation some wouldn’t even consider her “famous” at all. Most people who know or have heard of Norma McCorvey don’t know her by that name they know her by a different name, Jane Roe. Norma McCorvey is the Jane Roe who was the plaintiff in the abortion case, Roe v. Wade. In 1973, the Supreme Court had a challenge against an abortion law in Texas and was strongly convinced that having an abortion was a constitutional right based on privacy. The case had legalized abortion in all 50 states, many don’t agree and call it a “bad law” and believe that abortion should be a state’s right issue. The pro-choice movement saw it as a victory, even though Norma McCorvey never had an abortion herself. She wasn’t pregnant by the time the case had...

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